Magda Hernández, Acting Superintendent
At a special-called meeting on September 17, the Irving ISD Board of Trustees appointed Deputy Superintendent of Administrative Services Magda Hernández as acting superintendent for the district.
Hernández has served Irving ISD for 23 years in various roles, most recently as deputy superintendent of administrative services as well as associate superintendent of human resources, assistant superintendent of human resources, director of human resources, HR staffing and recruiting coordinator, assistant principal at Townley Elementary School, bilingual and gifted and talented teacher at Good Elementary School and bilingual instructional aide.
Hernández also held the position of assistant superintendent of human resources in Waxahachie ISD. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from Texas Woman’s University (TWU) and later returned to TWU for her master’s degree in educational administration. She also holds superintendent certification from the University of North Texas.
Hernández will serve as acting superintendent until an interim superintendent is named.
Earlier in the meeting, the board accepted the voluntary separation agreement with outgoing Superintendent of Schools Jose L. Parra, effective September 21.
In a joint statement of the board of trustees and Dr. Parra, Dr. Parra thanked the present and past board of trustees for providing him with the opportunity to serve in the Irving Independent School District. Click here for the full statement.
In his 30-plus year career in education, Dr. Parra has served as a high school English teacher in Seguin and New Braunfels, district administrator in New Braunfels, campus administrator in Wylie, assistant superintendent in Kerrville, and superintendent of Lockhart ISD for five and a half years prior to arriving in Irving.
Since taking the helm of Irving ISD in January 2014, Dr. Parra, has led significant positive change in the school district and community. Irving ISD has been named “AP District of the Year” by College Board, and several of the district’s high schools have earned the U.S. News & World Report Silver Badge Award, ranking them among the top 10 percent of high schools nationwide.
Under Dr. Parra’s leadership, Irving ISD’s graduation rates have climbed to an all-time high of 94.8 percent, and his focus on summer literacy efforts garnered the district a District of Distinction honor by District Administration magazine. He has overseen the implementation of innovative programs such as Early College Start (which provides students the opportunity to concurrently earn an associate’s degree and high school diploma) and IDEA - Irving Develops Entrepreneurial Achievers (an entrepreneur-focused curriculum experience for fifth-grade students). Irving ISD has been named a Best Community for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), and the district is a national leader in career and technical education.
Among the various honors he has earned, Parra has been recognized as a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellow, a Texas Excellence Award in Teaching Nominee, a Jefferson Award Nominee for Significant Public Service Work, and was appointed as the sole superintendent on the Commissioner’s Advisory Council for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students.